Friday, September 7, 2007

"No Inklings" Book Club Potshots

Yes, that's sushi. It was warmly received by roughly 67% of the book club members. And that is Neil Bartlett, giving his "V For I-Ate-Sushi-And-Lived-To-Talk-About-It" sign. Next to Neil is his son Zeke, of Mental Llama blog fame, wearing his infamous Weak On Sanctification teeshirt.

We're doing Gustav Wingren's Luther On Vocation, which isn't as easy as it looks whilst wolfing down raw prawn with hot mustard.. The box in front of Neil in the photo once housed a bottle of wheat whiskey, which was received warmly by roughly 80% of the book club members. And all of this raw fish, coconut juice, tamari, and whiskey was provided by our good friend Mike, who will one day get his own very special posting on this very blog.

But what of that? The book topic is wonderfully interesting. Discussing it in any kind of structured format is a bit more difficult. Given the amount of time we have committed to the project, we're reduced to focusing on those passages that I've bothered to underline. Yes, it is a bit haphazard, but we have managed to mine some nice nuggets from the book. And Scott has discovered that, by and large, he underlines many of the same passages I do. Which must mean something.

Some choice quotes by Wingren from our discussion last evening:

"Only as the old man, still under the law, does the Christian ask about the righteousness of his works. Faith and the new man know only one righteousness: the forgiveness of sins..." P. 45

"There is nothing more delightful and lovable on earth than one's neighbor [Well, we joked about that a bit, to be honest...]. Love does not thnk about doing works, it finds joy in people; and when something good is done for others, that does not appear to love as works but simply as gifts which flow naturally from love. Love never does something because it has to [which engendered a discussion of "guilt" and those gifts which keep on giving...]. It is permitted to act. And earth 'with its trees and grass' is the site of man's vocation. He who has the Holy Spirit knows it by the fact, among others, that in faith and gladness he fulfills his vocation. He rejoices in his labor." P. 43-44.

"To be sure, the law seeks to bring love under its control and prescribe for it rules and suitable ways of dealing with the neighbor, which befit a Christian. The law would like to 'make of love a servant girl' [Whazzat mean? asked Neil] instead of the queen which it really is. But what chance does the law have? Its business is to compel (grudging) attention to one's neighbor..." P. 47.

Next up for the intrepid No Inklings: Wingren's take on Luther's Cross And Desperation. Stay tuned!


UserDifficulty said...

Man, forget sushi. Kimbap is so much better.

And I know how to make it.

Robin said...

Lucky lucky you.

But for some mysterious reason, despite all of your amazing Eastern cooking skills, I'm still getting loud and vocal requests to send hot batches of chocolate-chip cookies to you and Colin in every package. Hmmm....

What if I just sent you baking soda instead?

UserDifficulty said...

Look, sister dear, let me to explain to you our difficult situation over here:

We don't have an oven.

It's impossible to find baking soda.

It's impossible to find brownie mix, cookie mix, or pie shells.

It's impossible to ask anybody if they know where any of those might be.

Nobody has an oven, and also doesn't seem to know what an oven is.

Although we did make pancakes yesterday... in the frying pan, without baking soda and with a lot of sugar and cocoa.

So, when are those cookies coming?

Bruce Gee said...

Ok. I'll forget the sushi. But what is Kimbap? Sounds like a former girlfriend to me. But that can't be right, can it??

You know how to make Kimbap?

Robin said...

Buy your own, sucker.
Or else wait until November, which, by that time, I'll be sure to have gone on a baking strike.
Just because you came home.

UserDifficulty said...

Kimbap is a Korean roll that has, as a staple, rice and vegetables rolled up in seaweed. You can alo get it with meat, kimchi, chamchi (tuna), or mystery meat rolled up as well.

Similar to sushi, except it's about three times the size and tastes better.

Anonymous said...

Never mind all the the cookies and sushi talk; where do I get a black tee shirt that says on the front,

Weak on Santification ???


Anonymous said...

Big Oopps.

However.......I would like to have the word "Sanctification" spelled right on the shirt.......

Not only am I weak on Sanctification, but also weak on spelling.

Anonymous said...


I hope you don't mind my commenting here, but I ran into this as I was perusing some Lutheran blogs.

another kerner:
Just in case you're still looking in on this comment thread, you can find the "Weak On Sanctification" shirt on

Bruce Gee said...

Ted R:

No problem. I've already gifted the wonderful Another Kerner with one of those t-shirts, but the reference is appreciated. Note I mention it and link to it on the Burning Man post.